Since it first launched back in 2007, game studio Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series has been one of the most popular first-person shooters of the decade, selling more than 20 million copies across Sony’s PlayStation 3 and 4.
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Given the games’ iconic hero, Nathan Drake, and their fast-paced immersive action it wasn’t a surprise to hear that Uncharted was up for receiving the movie makeover treatment a few years back. Mainly, reports on the film have been focused on its director with both David O’Russell and Seth Gordon respectively having been attached at one point or another. But, following Gordon’s departure in 2014 we really haven’t heard much about the project since.
However, according to a report put out by Deadline Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy will now helm the project for Sony Pictures, and it’s also being “fast-tracked”. Joe Carnahan (The Grey) is also on board as screenwriter, but is clearly very busy at work at the moment given that he’s directing the much-anticipated third film in the Bad Boys series, Bad Boys For Life.
No details have emerged yet on the film’s cast, but speculation surrounding the project has placed Chris Pratt and Mark Wahlberg as the favourites to play Nathan. No doubt either actor could bring the character to life on the big screen, but we feel Pratt would be a fantastic choice given his performance in last year’s Jurassic World. Of course, the most important thing is to bring performers on board who are best suited to the filmmaker’s vision for Uncharted.
As we’ve mentioned before, Uncharted and other video game properties are more likely to be favoured by film studios if titles such as the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie hit the mark with critics and fans. Although, from this news, it seems Uncharted is already a priority for Sony. We can only hope that the project’s development goes as smoothly as possible, unlike the events surrounding protagonist Nathan Drake himself.
Uncharted is yet to receive an official release date.